Aubrey Hutson of Lakeland, Florida, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare cancer that forms in soft tissue, in June of 2021. Her mom, Kentucky native Lyndsi Hutson, was shaken to the core.
“She was just a normal softball-playing kid and one day her leg started to hurt,” Lyndsi told The Epoch Times. “What we thought was growing pains turned into stage 4 cancer, and as parents we were in complete disbelief and fear.”
On May 4, Lyndsi’s husband and children were swimming in the yard when Lyndsi heard the doorbell ring. She opened the door to receive a package and saw a note written in chalk on the porch steps: “Amazon is praying for you, luv you Aubrey.”
“I looked up to see the driver across the street and yelled out, ‘Oh my gosh you are amazing, thank you!'” said Lyndsi. “He yelled back, ‘I’m not amazing, Aubrey is!'”
Lyndsi ran to tell her family with tears in her eyes and claims Aubrey was “so excited” that a stranger had written a note using her chalk and was praying for her.
Watch the doorbell camera footage:
(Courtesy of Team Aubrey Hope)
Desperate to identify the driver and gift him an Aubrey bracelet, Lyndsi posted her doorbell camera footage on social media. It went viral on Facebook and TikTok. Followers reached out and someone gave Lyndsi the driver, Asani Anderson’s, phone number. A local news agency facilitated a meeting. “A local news agency contacted me and set up for me to meet Asani in person,” said the mom.
Lyndsi said that when Aubrey and Asani met, they gave each other a big hug, played Rock Paper Scissors, and had great fun covering the porch and sidewalk with chalk together. Aubrey now runs to the door whenever a truck pulls up, hoping to see her new friend, and the feeling may be mutual; Lyndsi claimed Asani remembered her daughter from past deliveries and the 8-year-old had “left an impression” on him.
The Hutson family maintains a Facebook page, Team Aubrey Hope, to keep their 10,000-strong community of friends and other families battling cancer updated on Aubrey’s journey. They receive daily Amazon deliveries from Aubrey’s wish list, and have signs in their front yard bearing slogans, such as, “She will win!”
Lyndsi suspects this is how Asani knew her daughter needed his words of encouragement. She also believes Asani’s kind act got the attention and praise of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on social media.
At the time of writing, Aubrey has undergone 43 weeks of front-line cancer treatment, including 77 doses of chemotherapy and 33 rounds of radiation. She is starting an additional six months of “maintenance chemo,” and 10 more rounds of radiation to her lungs, said her mom.
Lyndsi believes that small gestures of kindness have the ability to change a life.
“Just be kind—allow joy to spread,” she said. “If you can buy someone a coffee at Starbucks, do it. If you can compliment someone, do it. If you can leave a note, a smile, anything, do it. You never know when you could be changing someone’s life with something small. Nothing is too small. Start a chain reaction!”